Barbara Barry

Barbara Barry

We love her! She is beautiful, her designs are truly inspirational.
I was reading Oprah’s magazine this morning and came across this article about the
 Queen of Style.
I am sharing her thoughts with my staff here at Rousseau’s and you. Enjoy!

10 Things I Know for Sure

By Barbara Barry


Don’t fight what you cannot change.
Anything that’s permanent
has to become your best friend, so learn to love it and to play it up. If you
have a brick wall outside your window, bring terra-cotta into the room through
pillows or flooring. If your fireplace has a charred hearth, paint a door black
to pick up on that color. Expand on what’s there by extending it: That makes it
seem intentional.
2. Quality counts.
Once you’ve slept on soft sheets or dried off with a fluffy white towel or
sipped tea from a porcelain cup, you understand how the smallest details can
have an enormous impact on your sense of well-being. The body knows quality. So
I say buy less, but buy at the highest level you can afford.
3. Windows shouldn’t
look like party dresses.
Think of window treatments
architecturally, as extensions of the wall. Treat them simply with a fabric
that’s the same color as the wall so that you enlarge rather than constrain the
4. Make choices based on
your gut, not your head.

5. Not every piece of
furniture has to make a statement.
A Louis XVI chair can be
fabulous, but best to surround it with neutral, pared-down pieces that will
complement and not compete with it.
6. Restrained color
palettes bring order to the chaos of life.

7. The best design
strikes a balance between toughness and gentleness.
I’m always
looking to blend a line and a curve; if I make a chair with a straight leg, it
will have a curved back. Geometry offset by sensuality inevitably stands the
test of time, and resonates with every taste, both masculine and feminine.
8. Different tasks
require different lights.
I put a 40- and a 60-watt bulb in a
double cluster lamp so that I can have three choices: 40 for the party, 60 for
reading, and both—100 watts—for cleanup.
9. Go easy with
I’m searching for calm all the time—that’s why people
come to me—and life is already a pattern. We create it with the shape of the
furniture, the windows, the doors, the pillows, what we wear, and the stuff we
have. Unless you have a sure hand, adding a print to that can just make for
more visual noise.
10. Live glamorously!
Glamour is not about money, it’s more a quality of character…but having
elegant furnishings can certainly set the stage. I love how California was and
still is the backdrop for a casually elegant lifestyle: palm trees and swimming
pools, cocktails and pearls. Perfect.

“In order to be successful, you can’t leave
anything up for chance.”

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